Summary: Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.
JESUS THE BETTER WAY: BETTER THAN OUR FAMILY PEDIGREE
HEBREWS 3:1 – 4:16
Big Idea: Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself (Hebrews 3:3).
HEBREWS 3:1 – 4:16 (NIV)
Heb 3:1 Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess.
Heb 3:2 He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house.
Heb 3:3 Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself.
Heb 3:4 For every house is built by someone, but God is the builder of everything.
Heb 3:5 Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house, testifying to what would be said in the future.
Heb 3:6 But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. And we are his house, if we hold on to our courage and the hope of which we boast.
I read about a preacher whose daughter keeps a daily notebook. On one page she had drawn a picture of her father and written carefully his name and address. When asked why, she explained that she had been watching a movie about amnesia. And then she said, "If I ever forget who I am, I want everybody to know whom I belong to."
Belonging is very important. And knowing to whom we belong is even more important.
In Jewish legend the achievements of Moses were magnified far beyond the Biblical account. That would seem hard to do I know (he was a great man) but some accomplished it none-the-less. Our writer records quite an impressive resume for the man; he justifiably holds Moses in very very high regard. You can begin to see Moses’ embellished achievements in writings like Josephus and Philo’s “The Life of Moses.”
• Josephus enlarges on Moses’ wisdom and even ascribes to him great beauty and stature. He also makes Moses a mighty warrior and credits him with a skillful victory over the Ethiopians (Ant. 2.230 ff).
• Philo (“Life of Moses” 1.20ff) credits Moses with making cultural advances in arithmetic, geometry, poetry, music, philosophy, astrology.
• Others, like Eupolemus, credit him with creating the alphabet and graciously giving it to the Phoenicians who then gave it to the Greeks.
• And there are others who also ascribe great accomplishments to him; including Homer and Plato.
Think of the average funeral. Regardless of the life / lifestyle of the deceased we oftentimes nearly deify them. This tendency to “not speak ill of the dead” carries over into stories and myths of the person long after they are gone. That is what continued to happen for thousands of years after Moses’ life. Joshua also, to lesser degree, gets in on the hit parade in chapter 4. And what we discover, in both instances, is that Jesus is superior / better than they.
“Jesus has been found worthy of greater honor than Moses, just as the builder of a house has greater honor than the house itself” (Hebrews 3:3).